Mostly water : selected memoir & essays, rural & north

Book Cover
Uniform Title
Pasadena : Boreal books, [2020].
First edition.
9781597099196, 1597099198
Physical Desc
235 pages ; 22 cm


LocationCall NumberStatus
Cambridge - Adult814.6 OddenOn Shelf

More Details

Pasadena : Boreal books, [2020].
First edition.
9781597099196, 1597099198


Includes bibliographical references.
"From women cowboys to arctic villages, Mary Odden's linked essays transport the reader along light-filled paths at the top of a shrinking world. In Mostly Water, essays form a linked memoir that explores the American outback from eastern Oregon horse trails to the arctic and subarctic river towns of Alaska. In these landscapes, Native people and later-comers are entwined in histories as loopy as northern rivers. Odden invites the reader to a vivid patchwork of characters and seldom-seen places, with a soundtrack from fiddle dances and a menu "half-potlatch and half-potluck." In Mostly Water, readers will hear dance music ring through little towns and watch as friends conspire to stoke the fires and fading memories of an old pioneer. The danger of giving birth takes a crooked path through a mystical elk hunt on its way to the miracle of holding a child. Casual meetings with passengers on an Inside Passage ferry open to intimacy with a Tlingit grandmother and the dignified depths of an ocean-going hobo. Bush town storefronts forsake their rivers to welcome the airplane. The falling of the Twin Towers on 9/11 silences the sky over a remote Alaskan village. Short takes on a vivid personal cuisine divide the longer essays of Mostly Water. In these interludes, dead grandmothers mix it up over turkey gravy and ripe berries are sweet and dangerous after Chernobyl's radioactive winds blow around the top of the Earth. Events of the churning twenty-first century rise like the sea in these stories-but so do music and love and hope in the precious otherness of nature"--,Provided by publisher.


Loading Description...

More Like This

Loading more titles like this title...



APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Odden, M. (2020). Mostly water: selected memoir & essays, rural & north (First edition.). Boreal books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Odden, Mary, 1955-. 2020. Mostly Water: Selected Memoir & Essays, Rural & North. Boreal books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Odden, Mary, 1955-. Mostly Water: Selected Memoir & Essays, Rural & North Boreal books, 2020.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Odden, Mary. Mostly Water: Selected Memoir & Essays, Rural & North First edition., Boreal books, 2020.

Note! Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy. Citation formats are based on standards as of August 2021.

Staff View

Loading Staff View.